Alex Kerfoot, New Jersey’s fifth-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, is undergoing shoulder surgery today and will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
Prior to the injury Kerfoot, 18, had been a scoring sensation with BCHL Coquitlam (Tier 2 Canadian junior) over the last two seasons.
He’s committed to play for Harvard beginning in 2013-14.
In addition to his exploits at the BCHL level, Kerfott also starred for Canada West in the annual World Junior A Challenge — five points in four games at this year’s tourney — and emerged as a diminutive (5-foot-10, 153 pounds) yet skilled offensive player with a high hockey IQ.
It’s also worth noting that Kerfoot is the son of Greg Kerfoot, the “reclusive millionaire” majority owner of Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps.
(Image courtesy Coquitlam Express.)
Well, the NHL’s two new initiatives for ’15-16 seem to be going swimmingly.
Not long after Ottawa successfully made the second-ever coach’s challenge, fans got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime.
And what a look it was.
In the span of 137 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers combined for eight shots on goal, a few breakaways, some tremendous saves — including one on a penalty shot — and, finally, Jason Garrison‘s game-winning goal on a breakaway from center, giving the Bolts a 3-2 win.
It was, in a word, fun.
Lots of fun.
A quick sampling of reviews:
Of course, not everybody was a fan:
Now, to temper things a bit — this was the first time we’ve seen 3-on-3 with something on the line, so there was a novelty factor at play. There’s also no guaranteeing future OT sessions will be as exciting as this.
But none of that takes away from the fact 3-on-3 made for appointment viewing, and immense entertainment value. The prospect of future games like this? That’s pretty exciting.
Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.
Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:
Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).
The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.
Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…